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The Draft, Free Agency, and Why Rashard Lewis is the Worst Thing to Ever Happen to a Rebuilding Team

Inconceivable inconsistency, boneheaded mistakes, and flashes of brilliance, excitement, and athleticism are the typical descriptions of a young, rebuilding franchise, especially the Wizards. What has to happen next is continued progress in the draft and some moves in free agency. Of course, there is that black hole of a contract sucking in all semblance of cap space within lightyears of the franchise that is Rashard Lewis.


I had some ideas for this offseason, some of which are fanatical, some of which are serious, all of which would definitely be awesome for the wizards. Instead of bogging everyone down with a bunch of maybe possible scenarios and semantics, I thought I'd just spell out my dream team for next year with some equally fantasized alternatives. So, here it goes:

Sign Roy Hibbert and Eric Gordon and draft Harrison Barnes Michael Kidd-Gilchrist [Edited for NCAA tournament performance, particularly today]. Think about the lineup then, John Wall at the point, Gordon at the 2, MKG at the 3, Nene at a solid 4 (which i definitely think he can play, and play well), and Hibbert at the center. That's as potent as a lineup you'll find anywhere around the league, and its definitely flexible too. Some other options could be signing OJ Mayo instead of Gordon, and I'd honestly take whoever's cheaper because I don't see a distinct advantage to having either. Also a possibility, drafting a 2 guard like Bradley Beal, who I like a lot, and signing a 3. Finally, if you don't like Nene at the 4, you switch out Hibbert with Brandon Bass, who woulds also be cheaper (as if that matters to these impossible scenarios).

Here's where Rashard Lewis's contract screams out like that horrible alarm clock that wakes you up from your dream with Kate Upton. That, along with the newly acquired Nene contract and having to extend Wall eventually makes all of this virtually impossible, which is really disheartening to the rebuilding process. Still, I have written all this while watching the Thunder play the Heat, hopefully wondering about a team that went from 20 and 62 not 3 years ago to now 36 and 12 and possibly looking towards a return to the western conference finals and hopefully a run at the title. This leaves me feeling somewhat excited for the Wizards future with an entirely if-they-can-do-it-why-can't-we attitude.

Let me know what you think about my dream scenarios and what you would do with this offseason for the Wizards in the comments.

This represents the view of the user who wrote the FanPost, and not the entire Bullets Forever community. We're a place of many opinions, not just one.

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